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Secondary Education and Teachers Training Specialist Job in Somalia

JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Secondary Education and Teachers Training Specialist Duty Station: Hargeisa, with frequent travel to different TTIs and secondary schools in Somaliland and Puntland including Nairobi Reports to: Education Technical Manager Line Management Responsibility: TBD Budget Responsibility: TBD Grade Grade 4 Contract Length: 12 months starting from November 2011 Child Protection Level: Level 3
INTRODUCTION Save the Children (SC) is an international organisation that has 27 member organisations across the globe. It is united by a common mission and brand but, to some extent, has until now been working independently from country to country and even within countries. With the decision by all Save the Children organizations to create an International Programmes Unit taken in 2010, Save the Children aims to create a stronger voice for children and to rationalize costs by unifying the operations in all countries. This will result in one organisation at the national level in each country and a unified programme delivery structure for all Save the Children International Members. Prior to the decision to create an international programme unit Save the Children had pursued a process of unifying programmes in countries where there were more than one Save the Children working. This meant that programmes run by different Save the Children organization were merged at country level under a Managing Member. The difference between the two processes is that under the International Programme Unit the role of the Managing Member will disappear. Save the Children UK, Denmark and Finland unified in Somalia in January 2010 under the name of Save The Children in Somalia and this is due to move to the IPU model by the end of 2012. As a result of the unification in 2010, and following an active fundraising strategy, after one year of “”unification” the programme budget was over GBP 10m. Of this 10m only 2m was related to what can be called emergency work and the programme was predominantly development orientated with multiple year projects in areas of protection, child survival (which includes health, nutrition and livelihoods), education, and Child Rights Governance. Save the Children works in all three “zones” of Somalia: Somaliland, Puntland and Central South Somalia (CSS). Due to constraints on security, and the need to liaise with UN agencies, other NGOs and donors, the country office is based in Nairobi and senior managers, coordinators and directors are expected to travel extensively to monitor and support programme work in all parts of Somalia that are accessible and where security threats are being effectively mitigated. Education including skills training and employment is one of the major themes in Save the Children’s Somalia/Somaliland programme. In connection with Save the Children (SC) has recently formed partnership with Mercy Corp and CARE to undertake a “Somalia Youth Leadership Initiative” project in Somaliland, Puntland and Galmudug (Central South Somalia). The project focuses on three key result areas: fair and equitable access to secondary education; economic and self reliance of youth through provision of skills training and employment services; and youth empowerment. SC plays a “Technical Assistance and Advisory” role within the first two result areas. To effectively execute its roles SC would like to recruit a Secondary Education and Teachers Training Specialist. JOB PURPOSE The post holder will serve as a Secondary Education and Teachers Training Specialist and ensure that the objectives/results of the agreed secondary education and teacher training components of the project are met to the satisfaction of the beneficiaries, ministries of education, involved implementing partners and the donor. The job demands frequent interaction with and provision of technical support to Mercy Corps (MC) and other implementing partners of the project, other actors involved in the sector including the government, teachers training institutes and secondary schools. The Education Specialist is also expected to provide specific technical support to a Teachers Training Institutes, Ministries of Education and implementing partners of the project in Puntland and Somaliland. Key Accountabilities • To lead on establishing baseline information of the project in general and secondary education in particular • To provide technical support to implementing partners’ project teams and ensure fair and equitable secondary education services for secondary school students in Somaliland and Puntland • To identify technical gaps that affect the attainment of the project objectives and results and initiate specific, innovative and practical measures that need to be taken by implementing partners • To provide conceptual and practical framework needed for planning and undertaking secondary education to implementing partners based on experiences obtained from implementing similar projects in and outside Somalia • To facilitate and monitor the process of linking secondary education with e-learning • To develop guidelines and support/monitor partners in establishing and running of resource centers at sample rural secondary schools • To measure the quality of English language learning in secondary schools and provide the required support in improving the quality of instruction • To monitor the provision and utilization of laboratory and library materials and provide technical support. This includes the development and application of necessary guidelines and procedures for use. • To coordinate and provide continuous technical direction, supportive supervision, monitoring, assessment, mentoring and review of secondary teacher training/education at Teachers Training Institutions and the work of secondary education as implemented by project partners • To prepare and provide checklists for establishing and running secondary schools/education by implementing partners • To ensure the presence and application of standard teacher training/education competency assessment and certification system within the training institutes • To provide technical support to training institutions in the development and implementation of standard secondary school curriculum • To support the management of research, appraisal, assessment, monitoring, review and evaluation assignments undertaken especially at Teachers Training levels in support of the SYLI Project • To document and communicate good practice of the project as implemented by various implementing partners • To organise and facilitate technical meetings/workshops to staff involved in delivering the secondary education part of the project • To attend periodic project coordination and review meetings together with implementing partners • To prepare project technical reports relating to activities carried out by SC with respect to the tasks assigned to it • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, Health and safety, fraud, whistle blowing, equal opportunities and other relevant policies • Perform other tasks as instructed by his/her line manager.
WORKING CONTACTS Internal: All staff of SC Somalia/Somaliland program in general and Somaliland/Puntland education Managers and staff in particular. External: Appropriate government authorities/offices, SYLI partners, teachers training institutes and other stakeholders in the region and outside the region as appropriate. CODE OF CONDUCT Because Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to. PERSON SPECIFICATION • Degree and/or post graduate qualification in Education Studies • Strong (proven) conceptual understanding of education in general and secondary education including teacher training/education in particular • Proven experience (at least 6 years) of planning, designing and implementing teachers education/training and secondary education programmes • Demonstrated experience of secondary education programming
• Proven practical experience of training facilitation and presentation skills • Good understanding of E-learning in improving the quality of education • Knowledge and experience of project cycle management including stakeholder participation in project appraisal, monitoring and evaluation. • Proven ability to undertake research and assessments at community level on issues affecting children’s education • Good command in spoken English, Proposal & report writing skills. • Fluency in Somali language is an advantage. • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
All interested candidates please forward your applications to:, the deadline of the applications submission is on Sunday, 06 Nov. 2011

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